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Help Find Missing Child Andrew John Thompson

Summary:
Email asks recipients to help in the global search for missing Australian child, Andrew John Thompson who was illegally taken out of Australia in April 2008.

Status:
The information in the email is factual. However, Andrew has now been located and is safe.

Example:
Join the Global Search for Missing Australian Child - Andrew John THOMPSON

Four-year-old Andrew John THOMPSON was illegally abducted from Australia by his mother Melinda Margaret THOMPSON (who could also be using the name Melinda Margaret STRATTON)on 24th April 2008 and has since disappeared without trace. Shortly before the abduction, one of Australia's leading psychiatrists found that Melinda has an underlying mental state that affects her judgement - particularly in relation to Andrew.

Andrew is now at grave risk of emotional and physical harm. In addition to an extensive search that has been underway by international authorities for several months, an international multi-media campaign has now been launched to help the authorities find him as quickly as possible. This campaign has the full support of Australian authorities and Interpol.

This is a genuine campaign. Andrew's abduction can be confirmed by taking the following link to the Missing Children website of the Family Court of Australia.

http://www.familycourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/FCOA/home/about/Missing+children/FCOA_Andrew_Thompson

The following link takes you to a poster that contains links to a flyer that can be downloaded and printed. It also includes suggestions for displaying the flyer in public places. Please print this poster and display it wherever possible no matter what country you are in.

http://foreversearchingkids.ning.com/photo/photo/show?id=2341945%3APhoto%3A982&xgs=1

This next link will take you to another missing person website containing more information and photos of Andrew and Melinda.

http://www.australianmissingpersonsregister.com/AndrewThompson.htm

A Facebook site has been established for Andrew and can be accessed at
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=39465030948

The next link will take you to an article published in the Daily Telegraph in Sydney (Australia) on 13th December 2008. A video interview with Andrew's father is also contained within the article.
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24791815-5006009,00.html

They could be in Europe, the UK, the US, Canada, Asia, or anywhere else.

Please forward this email to as many people as possible and ask them to pass it on to as many people as possible as well. Ask them to use the flyers to raise awareness about Andrew in their local areas in as many countries as possible. It will only take one person to recognise either of them and to report their whereabouts to the authorities for Andrew to be found safe and well and returned to his home.

ANDREW WILL REMAIN AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL OF RISK TO EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL HARM UNTIL HE IS FOUND AND RETURNED TO HIS HOME, HIS FAMILY, AND HIS FRIENDS.

Many thanks for taking part in the Global Search for Andrew, from Andrew's Dad and Andrew.

Commentary:
This message provided information about missing four-year-old Andrew John Thompson who was illegally taken out of Australia by his mother in April 2008. Unlike some "missing child" emails which are no more than nasty hoaxes, the information in this message is entirely true.

Thankfully, however, Andrew has now been located and is safe. A September 9 Sydney Morning Herald article notes:
A BOY believed to be the kidnapped son of the former NSW deputy fire chief, Ken Thompson, has been found in northern Europe after a two-and-a-half year global search.

Andrew Thompson was three years old when he was abducted in Sydney by his mother, Melinda Stratton, on April 24, 2008, after a custody battle.

Ms Stratton eluded the Australian Federal Police, Interpol and missing children's organisations until she was picked up on Monday after attempting to enrol Andrew in school.
An email from Andrew's father, Ken Thompson, confirms that the boy is in Amsterdam and being cared for by family members.



Andrew John Thompson





Last updated: 9th September 2010
First published: 9th January 2009

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen